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Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor

We are recruiting for a research faculty position in Medical Social Sciences, a department within Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  The Department provides a unique scientific home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health and health care delivery across the lifespan.

The research faculty member will join the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program – founded and directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski.  The IMPACT Program conducts translational and community-engaged research that improves the health of the LGBT community, with a particular focus on HIV prevention in youth. It also seeks to develop the clinical research capacity of the community.  Since 2008, IMPACT has been the home to over a dozen federal- and foundation-funded research and training projects. The IMPACT Program’s multidisciplinary team includes 6 doctoral-level scientists, multiple masters’ level staff, a team of data managers, and full-time program managers and assistants for research and administrative support.

The research faculty member will serve as the Project Director for a recently funded study that will build a dynamic dyadic-network cohort of YMSM by hybridizing two existing cohorts of YMSM.  The goal of this project is to apply a “next generation” multilevel model to understand the syndemic among a cohort of YMSM and inform “high-impact” HIV prevention with this vulnerable population. The Project Director will be involved with all phases of the project from design to deliverables, will identify critical tasks and personnel required to complete projects successfully, and will monitor project status and ensure that tasks and deliverables are completed on time.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, and supervise project staff, including the Biomedical Coordinator, Scheduling & Retention Coordinator, and Interview Coordinator
  • Direct day-to-day operations of the project: (1) drafting and adapting research and IRB protocols; (2) overseeing participant recruitment and retention; (3) overseeing data collection; and (4) assuring compliance with all data collection standards
  • Manage project budgets, track expenditures, and fulfill reporting requirements
  • Coordinate with the Scientific Advisory Board and the Community Advisory Board
  • Disseminate study findings through trainings with local CBOs and through the IMPACT Program website; Possibilities exist for participating in the preparation of journal publications and presenting findings at regional and national meetings
  • Conduct and lead project planning meetings and/or conference calls when required
  • Develop new skills as needed to meet project demands

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and a minimum of 2 years of relevant research experience in a medical or social science research environment
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience with project coordination including scientific proposals, budgets, contracts and tracking of project timelines
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate a research project proposal, needing minimal direction in addressing day-to-day tasks
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Ability in high-level problem solving
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • More than 5 years experience in a medical or social science research environment including experience in study design, project coordination, and data analysis
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams of researchers
  • Experience in HIV research, research with YMSM, and/or LGBT health
  • Experience with longitudinal research.
  • Methodological skills relevant to the project, particularly: network science, longitudinal or dyadic data analysis.


Please send a curriculum vitae and a detailed cover letter outlining your relevant experience, training, and skills to

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., c/o of Robin Morrissey.  Email (preferred): Fax: 312-503-4800; Mail: Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60611.  Apply by May 16, 2014.

The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure-track

The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor Level. The faculty member will be affiliated with the MSS IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program. We are seeking candidates who have a track record of translational research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) health. While we are open to candidates whose work focuses on any aspect of LGBT health, we are particularly interested in candidates whose focus is in one of the following priority areas: HIV/AIDS care and/or secondary HIV prevention; innovative use of technology for measurement or intervention; transgender health; women’s health; geriatric and aging research. Qualified applicants may come from any social science or health discipline.

The Department of Medical Social Sciences was established in 2009 in the Feinberg School of Medicine to provide a unique scientific home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health and health care delivery across the lifespan. The MSS IMPACT Program, led by Dr. Brian Mustanski, has a mission to conduct translational research that improves the health of the LGBT community. IMPACT offers a rich environment to house LGBT health research, including interdisciplinary and highly collaborative faculty and post-docs; resources and expertise in advanced methods of data collection, management, and analyses; and strong connections to community and public health organizations throughout Chicago. IMPACT is a resident partner of the Center on Halsted—the Midwest’s largest LGBT community organization—thereby offering space for recruitment and biobehavioral data collection within the community.

Candidates should have an outstanding record of scholarly publications and a history of extramural funding or exceptional promise commensurate with their career trajectory. MSS and IMPACT have a highly collaborative culture in which multiple investigators have opportunities to work in tandem on large-scale team science research. A collaborative orientation and skill at interdisciplinary and team science are desirable. Participation in Departmental training activities and University service are also expected and valued. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and credentials. This is a full-time, continuing position. Start date is flexible.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Additional information about the Department of Medical Social Sciences can be viewed at Information about the IMPACT Program can be viewed at

Please send a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, representative reprints and names of three references to Search Chair, Frank Penedo, PhD, c/o of Robin Morrissey at Please reference search #22445 in the subject line of the email.

Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


Please visit our Internships page for a full listing of film, web, writing/blogging, and research assistant internship opportunities. 

IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.


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